December 29, 2019 Subject:
John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes - On Opposite Sides
This is the 7th in Lone Star/Paul Malvern Productions wern series starring John Wayne and George "Gabby" Hayes. This one is directed by westerns veteran Robert N. Bradbury (father of westerns star Bob Steele). The plots in this series tend to be more complicated and, shall we say, sophisticated than the usual B westerns. Here we have Wayne as an undercover agent and a clean shaven George "Gabby" Hayes doing a fine double role as a good and bad guy. His henchman include ace stuntman Yakima Canuttt and others They want money and control of the valley and don't care how they accomplish this. Sometime bad guy Earl Dwire (Sheriff) does a turn as a good guy here. Sweet Alberta Vaughan, not a good actor, but adequate, plays Wayne's love interest. According to IMDb between 1921-35 she appeared in over a 125 silent shorts and 140 films in all - the advent of talking films brought her career to an end. Devices used in other films in this series: Wayne as an undercover agent of some sort; jumping or falling into a river; being wrongly accused of murder and put in jail; breaking out of jail; using dynamite to finish off the bad guys; ending up with the girl. I'd give ot 3 stars but Hayes performance gets it to 4 stars.
December 31, 2010 Subject:
A good old John Wayne western
I have to wonder what the story is with the synthesized sound track that was obviously tacked on years later, though.